The UAE takes steps towards modernization by decriminalizing alcohol and suicide
The United Arab Emirates has taken a step towards modernization and has removed penal laws regarding alcohol consumption and suicide. The move is part of a year-long bid to modernize the country and promote progressive Islam. The country announced over the weekend that it had effectively decriminalized alcohol and suicide. The UAE also decided to remove “honor crime” provisions that allowed men to receive lighter sentences for crimes if they assaulted female relatives to protect the reputation of their families.